Developing your professional skillset
Facing the challenges and embracing the opportunities of a career in science (6 Sept 2017)
On the night before I started my post-doc, my mother sent me an email with her best career advice...
Data management 101: Insights and highlights from #SciData16 (2 Nov 2016)
I attended the #scidata16 meeting last week as an amateur reporter ...
Failure 101: Can scientists learn how to be better at failing? (22 Jun 2016)
I landed in Marrakech last Tuesday an hour late due to delays in Manchester, and even though I was..
How to handle criticisms in science: Achieving a balance between confidence and modesty in the work place (6 January 2016)
Whether it was the new Star Wars movie, sparkly outfits worn by ...
How to make a fulfilling break: Using your time away from work to achieve a better work-life balance (9 Sept 2015)
People like to comment to me about how much I travel, asking where ...
Confidence 101: Finding your inner strength while pursuing a career in science (19 April 2017)
If you’ve seen any advertisements for martial arts schools, you’ve likely noticed how the various
Your first semester as a post-graduate: What’s on your PGR to do list? (5 Oct 2016)
It’s strange to think that it’s been seven years since that sticky, sweltering August day when I began
Summertime Science (8 Jun 2016)
It’s finally the end of the semester! Time to put your textbooks away, apply some sunscreen, and get ready for a summer of…science? Your ...
Playing nicely with others: When success in science hinges on more than just what you know (21 Oct 2015)
I think it’s safe to say that most of us have benefited from Jorge Cham’s PhD comic serieseven if our research and general productivity hasn’t ...
What is science? Putting the 'philosopy' back in Ph.D. (2 Sept 2015)
In the first blog post, I gave an overview of the definition of style and how this concept relates to how we should think about doing ...
Making a New Year’s resolution is easy…but what about keeping one?(11 Jan 2017)
After a time for self-reflection at the end of 2016 and a re-energizing holiday break, many of us have ...
Studying with style (14 Sept 2016)
Since the next semester is fast-approaching, the editors of Science with Style and the University of Landau’s EcotoxBlog are collaborating
Conference with Style: What should you wear to a scientific conference? (18 May 2016)
This weekend I traveled to the Scottish Highlands and hiked Ben Nevis on an unusually sunny ...
Take a hike! (14 Oct 2015)
The Lakes District offers some of the UK’s best scenery and is a popular destination for weekends and summer retreats. Before I moved to England for my post-doc, a friend of mine took me for a day trip to the region during my visit to Durham in
Science with style lessons from 2016: Building core strength for the next year ahead (14 Dec 2016)
With the closing of the year come the inevitable “year in review” articles and social media...
Dealing with deadlines (3 Aug 2016)
“When it rains it pours” is not just the motto for Morton’s salt, it’s also a good analogy for a researcher’s to do list. More often than not, it feels
Good meetings, bad meetings, we know you’ve had your share! (16 March 2016)
The great philosopher Led Zeppelin has always has a way with words:
In the days of my youth, I was told...
The elusive art of scientific networking (7 Oct 2015)
“Network, network, network!” Networking is often touted as the most important thing that graduate students and young researchers should do, even early in their
Career navigation and soul-searching
Science with Style book review: "The 33 Strategies of War" (17 July 2017)
An early career researcher faces a lot of pressures within the academic research environment. We’re expected to work hard and put in ...
World mental health day: Coping with stress, anxiety, and the rigors of a researcher’s life (12 Oct 2016)
Some Mondays end up being more Monday-ish than others. This week started with a particularly Monday-
Congratulations! You made it this far. So…now what? (4 May 2016)
This weekend in the UK we had our first Monday holiday of the summer season, festively named ‘Early May Bank Holiday’. Being the travel-loving person I am, I decided to ...
Writing your career origin story (14 June 2017)
I went to the cinema last Saturday eager to see Wonder Woman and optimistic that it would easily be one of my favorite superhero films. But...
Is your career weather-proof? Preparing for your future the Scandinavian way (7 Sept 2016)
My husband and I spent last bank holiday weekend exploring the ...
Science with style blog review: Gretchen Rubin’s four tendencies and making better research habits (6 April 2016)
Some of my recurring blog themes include topics such as knowing yourself, your working style, and ...
Networking 2.0: Connections and considerations for your first job search (29 March 2017)
It’s no secret that being a PhD student is stressful. Thankfully the process of earning a PhD doesn’t ...
Science with Style book review: “Born for this” (13 July 2016)
Some days at work I catch myself thinking “I didn’t sign up for this!”, whether it’s while thumbing through pages of statistical test....
The Job Huntress: Notes from the field about my navigation through job applications (17 Feb 2016)
We’re taking a break for the time being from our research entourage series, with the final installment ...
Becoming a Zen Researcher (26 Oct 2016)
On Sunday night my husband and I returned home after a 10-day trip across South Korea and Japan. At just under one thousand pictures ...
What should you do when you feel like you can’t do anything? (1 June 2016)
With one and half days still remaining in the SETAC Nantes meeting, I was exhausted by the...
Symptoms of imposter syndrome and cures for this common academic illness (16 Dec 2015)
With the holiday season rapidly approaching and with the stress of year-end work diminishing ...